Wednesday, October 28, 2009

NEW 100%PCW Text and Cover!

Just in time for Annual Report season, Neenah has produced a new sheet that is FSC Certified, and made from 100% post-consumer waste. And the best part? It is inexpensive! This is the least expensive 100%pcw waste sheet on the market! It comes in a smooth finish, but also in a linen and felt texture. On top of that, you can get the NEW Sundance 100%pcw Felt in DIGITAL!
We have sample sheets ready to share, swatchbooks ready to inspire, and stock on our floor to actually print with! I would love to get this in your hands, so give me a call!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Coming Soon to a Sappi Warehouse....Opus 30!

From the desk of Sappi:

Sappi Fine Paper North America is pleased to Announce the launch of our newest environmental paper...Opus 30.

Opus 30 is the latest addition to our Opus family with 30% Post Consumer Waste content. Opus 30 is both FSC and SFI Chain of Custody certified, Lacey Act compliant, and is a perfect option when looking to balance performance and environmental responsibility. And just like all of our Opus products, customers benefit from a better performing sheet with greater brightness and optics.

With this new commitment to stock Opus 30, LOE (Lustro Offset Environment) is being discontinued. You'll find McCoy or the newly stocked Opus 30 to be ideal replacements for existing LOE customers looking for a premium paper with PCW content.

As you know, Opus has long been recognized for it's performance and productivity. Trusted, tried and true, Opus has always been and always will be the paper that everybody - printers, designers, and corporate end-users - can rely on to make them look better. And now, with Opus 30, you can feel good about making such an environmentally responsible paper choice.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Dirty Little Secret of the Electronic Age

Still hearing that paper is going away? That your newsletters are now e-newsletters only or that electronic media is just so much more sustainable than the old way of paper and print? Well, then consider these facts:

  • Paper comes from a renewable resource and is recyclable and biodegradable

  • Paper's recovery rate is significantly higher than metal, glass and plastic

  • The paper industry leads all other manufacturing sectors in on-site electricity generation (meeting 1/2 of its own energy needs)

  • The average web user prints 28 pages daily

  • 3 cubic yards of landfill space can be saved by using 1 ton of recycled paper

  • Recycled paper uses 64% less energy to manufacture than virgin fiber paper

  • A Newspaper is approximately 60-70 grams of CO2, and and Annual Report of 100 full color pages releases about 80 grams of CO2 - WHEREAS a CD or DVD produces 300-350 grams of CO2 PER COPY

  • A television commercial played on a plasma 106 cm display is equal in CO2 emissions to one copy of a 16 page paper catalog

If these facts aren't enough to keeping print alive, then we should take a look at the substrate used for the material we read. When finished with a newspaper or magazine, it can be recycled and used for another paper product. When you are finished with your computer or cell phone, or "have to have the newest one," the monitors, screens and CPUs get shipped overseas. Go ahead, take a look - it will change the way you look at technology.

Monday, August 24, 2009

MacGregor Plus

Hey gang! In a tight economy, I know many of you are looking for an affordable coated sheet that has a nice finish, and is available when you need it. Well, Mac Papers has a solution for you! Please allow me to re-introduce MacGregor Plus. MacGregor Plus is available in gloss and velvet finishes and from 60# Text (60# Gloss - 70#T Velvet) to 111# Cover weight (Gloss and Velvet). The brightness is 89-90 and it is also PEFC certified (a European version of FSC). This is a sustainable and economical sheet that is sure to fit you needs. We have new swatchbooks available and sample sheets in our sample center - so please let me know if you are interested.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Afraid of Commitment?

Neenah Paper can help!

There is a new program from Neenah Paper for their Classic Linen line that is right up your ally if you are afraid to commit to a textured sheet. Now you can Try Before You Buy with a Neenah Personal Proof. All you do is upload your artwork or photograph (or use one of their stock photos), choose your Classic Linen color and weight, and Voila! You Personal Proof will be mailed to you - your chosen paper, color, weight and artwork! This is GREAT if you are considering using a texture but not sure if it will take away from the image, or if you think you might like to try a color other than white or cream. It never hurts to have a sample in front of you for a little design inspiration either! Give it a shot at:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mohawk Adds to Their Growing Digital Line-Up

With the acquisition of Smart Papers, Mohawk now has a wider range of papers available for digital printing. Mohawk's "i-Tone" represents a new benchmark in papers for digital color production printing. This process was developed to bring unparalleled toner transfer on liquid and dry toner digital color production presses. Whether you run HP Indigo, Kodak NexPress 2100 or Xerox iGen3™ Digital Production Press, these papers are sure to give you an impressive image. They will also work on high-speed and color copiers. On HP Indigo presses though, i-Tone papers offer exceptional image transfer, with fewer “clicks” to clean blankets. On dry toner presses, i-Tone papers maximize the performance of the equipment and optimize the transfer and adhesion of toner to paper. So, now the i-Tone list includes:
  • 50/10
  • Knightkote
  • Kromekote
  • Color Copy
  • Options
  • Superfine
  • Via
  • Strathmore Script
  • Strathmore Writing
  • Beckett Cambric
  • Beckett Expression
AND - as if that wasn't enough, they have included these sheets in their awards program, but under another name - the "i-Tonies" - clever huh? Let me know if you need samples or if you have entries for me!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sappi The Standard #3

Just when you thought there wasn't anything exciting about coated paper, Sappi is stopping you in your tracks. Issue three of The Standard examines ways that varnishes and coatings can be used as a design technique. This crazy little book has practical and informative tips, print demonstrations and a glossary of term to help bridge the gap between the technical and the creative worlds. This fabulous display of printing gives designers the ability to do on paper what online media cannot - give tangible depth, dimensionality and texture to images and words. It has everything from scented UV coatings, to thermochromatic inks that change colors with your touch, to simple gloss and matte varnishes that can be achieved on regular 5-color presses. Whether you are printing a "normal" trifold brochure or your once in a lifetime annual report, you will be able to find ideas in this book. You NEED this book in your arsenal, so if you don't have it yet - give me a call.

Monday, July 13, 2009

NEW iPhone app from Neenah Papers!

No Kidding! Neenah Papers has been working with their branding buds, And Partners, to create a super-cool iPhone app called Think Ink. This is a free iPhone application which helps users find colors using the Dewey Color System, the world’s only validated, color-based personality testing instrument (remember the awesome green book Neenah printed a couple years back - Olive is Not Drab - that's it!). You can create a color (RBG to CMYK), chose a color based on Neenah Paper you are already using or chose a color based on the scientifically recognized major psychometric personality factors (ie: extroverted, impulsive, carefree). Or, you can take a picture and isolate the pixels for a perfect match. AMAZING. Then, you can check out a complimentary color palette to get you going, and find a Neenah Paper perfect for your project. This is truly a great app that you will get some use out of. Check out more at: